Tournament Director Michael Luevano said today that former world No.1, Grand Slam champion and winner of the season-ending championship, Lleyton Hewitt has been awarded the first wild card to the 2012 Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The award-winning Shanghai Rolex Masters will be played at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center, 7 to 14 October.
Currently ranked 101, 31 year old Hewitt has made yet another tremendous come back from surgery and continues to show his great fight and determination on the world’s tennis courts.
“We had no hesitation in awarding Lleyton a wild card when he asked for it,” Michael Luevano said. “Shanghai tennis fans will remember the outstanding run he had here in 2002 when he won the year-end championship which was then known as the Tennis Masters Cup.
“That year he defeated Albert Costa, Marat Safin, Roger Federer in the semis and then Juan Carlos Ferrero in a gripping five set final. That incredible spirit has never left him no matter how many times he has been forced to...